A dramatic biopic based on Wafa Idris, Palestine's first female suicide bomber. The story chronicles the events of Idris's life, including an abusive past, with every event piecing together the feelings behind her tragic decision.

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Hanieh Jodat ...
Rabia
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Wafiq
Bob Corso ...
Umer
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Dareen
Raphael Fetta ...
Tariq
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Zahir
Gabriel Al-Rajhi ...
Ali
Korken Alexander ...
Bakr
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Lina
Aleek Aintablian ...
Little Rabia
Mera London ...
Sakina
Elizabeth Taheri ...
Seeme
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Farah's Daughter
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Yair - Israeli Soldier #1
Andreas Robichaux ...
Gil - Israeli Soldier #2
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Rabia is a dramatic biopic based on Wafa Idris, Palestine's first female suicide bomber. Directed and written by Miguel Ali (aka Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan), the story chronicles the major events of Idris's life, including an abusive past, with every event piecing together the feelings behind her tragic decision. Rabia has screened at over 85 film festivals, winning over 35 awards, including recognition for its directing, writing, cinematography, editing, sound design and production design, and is currently being distributed worldwide by Elypse Films. Despite its controversial reviews, director Miguel Ali proudly maintains Rabia as an anti-terrorism film saying, "I don't think people are born evil. I believe we're all born innocent, even suicide bombers. But it's not that you have to be evil in order to commit a suicide attack, rather, you have to feel worthless. No matter what we tell ourselves, ultimately, every suicide bomber was still a human, and if we did more to understand what ... Written by Muhammad Miguel Ali Hasan & Aaron Burns

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Rabia is a dramatic biopic based on Wafa Idris, Palestine's first female suicide bomber.

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18 January 2008 (USA)  »

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$40,000 (estimated)
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Director/Writer Miguel Ali often claims that his inspiration for writing 'Rabia' came from a failed relationship. See more »

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29 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I previewed Rabia for the 2008 Lake Arrowhead Film Festival and recommended it heartily to the committee. While it is a disturbing film, it is an important film. That was confirmed by the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival jury, which named Rabia Best Student Film. Ali Hasan and Hanieh Jodat both attended the festival and were available to answer questions.

It was hard to believe the film was the work of a student as it was so well done from every angle--cinematography, direction, acting, script.

I agree that one of the amazing things about the film is that it leads you to sympathize with Rabia because you understand her actions. While we do not condone those actions, we are made to see her as a person, to understand in a limited way a completely different mindset.

Ali is certain to be a cinematic force to be reckoned with. We all look forward to his next film.


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